The first grade program encourages students to demonstrate the joy of learning and to discover their individual talents. The goal for each child is to become a life-long learner and to appreciate that each person is unique and plays an important role in being part of a community. First graders are encouraged to work together as collaborative, cooperative group members who respect their community: people, things and environment. Application of basic skills and acquiring independence as a student is emphasized at this level. Students are also given opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies and become effective communicators within our classroom community and beyond.
Jenna Visoria was born here in beautiful Hawaii, but was raised in Washington State. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and her Master’s in Teaching from Washington State University.
Upon finishing her education, Jenna pursued her dreams of traveling the world by taking an opportunity to teach in China. Her plan was to only teach and live there for one year, however, she fell in love with being a part of the international community abroad and being immersed in the various cultures Asia has to offer. During her three years in China, she taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at a local Chinese public school, and two years teaching preschool at two different International schools. For every holiday, she never missed a chance to travel and explore a new country. She went bike riding through rice terraces in Bali, rode elephants in Thailand, and ate the most delicious pho on the streets of Vietnam. Although she’s loved every minute of living in Asia, she’s excited to return home to her roots and be closer to family.
Like anyone who was raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jenna loves the outdoors. She grew up hiking, camping, and kayaking. She particularly loves anything having to do with heights- skydiving, bungee jumping, zip lining, and her most recent passion is rock climbing.
As a teacher, Jenna hopes to pass on her enthusiasm for learning to all her students. She is so grateful for the opportunities she was given and also wants to make sure her students have the tools they need to experience all the beautiful things life has to offer.